Big Hole In Nose Of Plane After Lightning Strikes Midair

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An Icelandair flight to Denver was struck by lightning on Tuesday not long after taking off from Reykjavik, Iceland. As reported by The Daily Mail, “the Boeing 757 continued its 3,700-mile journey from Reykjavik, Iceland, to Denver, it wasn’t until the plane landed that passengers and crew were aware of a gaping hole in the nose of the plane.”

Big Hole In Nose Of Plane After Lightning Strikes Midair

Big Hole In Nose Of Plane After Lightning Strikes Midair

Pilots reported the lightning but, continued their eight-hour flight to Denver. The passengers were reportedly shaken from the lightning strike but, no one was injured. It wasn’t until the plane deboarded in Denver that the passengers were able to see the large hole in the plane’s nose!

According to the article,

“Aviation experts said that lightning strikes to commercial planes happen one to five times per year, according to 9News, and modern aircraft are equipped to handle these strikes.”

“Metropolitan State University of Denver aviation professor Jeff Price said that lightning strikes that damage a plane, however, are rare. “

Bottom Line

This is scary stuff! I am glad that the plane was able to land safely and no one was hurt by this lightning strike. Can you imagine if you got off your plane after an 8 hour flight to see this sight or anything else obviously wrong with your plane?

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